Marvel.com has just confirmed that Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead/ The Wolf of Wall Street/ Fury) will be appearing in DareDevil season 2 as the legendary Marvel assassin/anti-hero Punisher. It is unknown whether or not it is starring, recurring or guest as of yet but we can hope!
But Who Is The Punisher?
Frank Castle a.k.a The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #129 in 1974. The Punisher is a no-nonsense vigilante stemming from Hell's Kitchen who uses dirty tactics like kidnapping, extortion, murder and theft to bring the criminals to justice (much to many other heroes distaste).
Francis Castiglione is a former U.S. Marine Captain. Before Frank joined the Marines, he was studying to become a Catholic priest but changed his mind because he was unable to forgive those who did evil. Also prior to his enlistment, he married his wife Maria who was already pregnant with their first child. He served in the Vietnam War in a special forces unit as a point man. For heroism in the line of duty, he was decorated with numerous medals, including the Purple Heart. Shortly after a tour in Vietnam, Castle, his wife, Maria and their children were in New York's Central Park for an afternoon picnic when they witnessed a Mafia gangland execution; an informant had been hanged from a tree. Seeking to eliminate all witnesses, the Costa crime family murdered them on the spot. However, Castle survived. Even though Frank was able to identify all of the shooters the police were unable to help Castle in his quest for justice; they were tied in too deeply to the powerful Costa family. He decided that the only punishment criminals might receive is that of physical destruction. Shortly thereafter, he emblazoned his body armour with a symbol of a death's head, and exacted his revenge. Since then he has waged a one-man war upon crime, taking the name Punisher.
On the announcement of his casting Marvels Head of Television Jeph Loeb had this to say:
Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity yo every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences.
Here's what Jon posted on Twitter along with the announcement:
Are You Happy With This Casting?
DareDevil Season 2 will appear on Netflix in 2016 starring Charlie Cox.